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Revellers clash with anti-gay protestors at Londonderry Pride

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  1. “Often the homosexual movement will fly the flag of ‘you lot are intolerant and you hide behind the Bible’ … could there be anything more intolerant than the clear victimisation of Iris Robinson tonight through these posters?”

    I could think of something – telling the victims of gaybashing hatecrimes that they’re sick and should go to a “lovely psychiatrist” to get fixed.

  2. Omar Kuddus Gayasylum Uk 19 Aug 2008, 9:21pm

    The undersigned petition the Prime Minister to reprimand MP Iris Robinson on her recent comments about Homosexuality, in regards to the MP for Strangford who had recently suggested that all homosexuals should receive psychiatric treatment to help “cure” them. These comments are not fitting of a MLA let alone an MP. They show narrow-minded views and the belief that in Northern Ireland that bigotry is acceptable. It attracted 15,714 Signatures (This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed).
    The Prime Minister’s Office has responded by saying that (http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page16526)
    There is no constitutional role for the Prime Minister to reprimand individual Members of Parliament who are accountable to their electorate for their own comments. The Government is committed to strong equality legislation in Northern Ireland and citizens in Northern Ireland are protected against discrimination on grounds of race, religious belief or political opinion, gender, sexual orientation, age or because of a disability. If anyone in Northern Ireland believes that they have been discriminated against on any of these grounds they may be able to bring a complaint to a tribunal or to a county court. Further details are available from the Equality Commission whose website is at http://www.equalityni.org. In respect of sexual orientation specifically, the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 make it unlawful for employers and others to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation in the areas of employment, vocational training and further and higher education. The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2006 extend the protection against discrimination to the provision of goods, facilities and services, the management and disposal of land or premises and the provision of education in schools. In addition, section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires designated public authorities to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between 9 different groups: religious belief; political opinion; race or ethnic group; age; marital status; sexual orientation; gender; disability; and persons with dependants. The Government’s vision is an equal, inclusive society in Northern Ireland, where everyone is treated with respect and where opportunity for all remains a priority.

    One hopes that people will take up the Governments offer, as Bigotry and Discrimination will not be tolerated irrespective of from whom or where it is made.

  3. Too right people should show their feelings about backward creatures like Iris Robinson. The greatest shame, is there will be no hell for people like her to go to. Now, if Mr Brown (reverend? I do not revere this man; special titles should be earned) is offended – then he must realise that many of us are sick to the back teeth of fanatics mouthing off, preaching superstitious hatred and bigotry. It’s high time Mr Brown realised that we too can be offended. and it’s time, too, he got used to people expressing that.

    There is a moral necessity not to tolerate – and show hatred for – the intolerant, Mr. Brown.

  4. Northern Ireland needs these sick, perverted religious bigots like a hole in the head.

    Call your MP and councillor, write to them a real letter (much better than E-mail), and let them all know, we are sick and fed up of religious led HATRED of homosexuals.

    Don’t stop writing, and don’t stop phoning. Let your elected respresentatives know, every day they open their post, that these religious bigots have NO PLACE in N.Ireland.

    Also, as is your right, complain to the police for incitement to hatred by these religious bigots.

  5. Religion is hate.

  6. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED 20 Aug 2008, 12:37am

    Luckily for the Irish the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment is no longer in Ireland. If they’d been called in there would have been another massacre of innocent civilians in Derry like the one on Bloody Sunday in 1972.

    If the Irish lucked out this time the Iraqis and Afghans certainly didn’t. The Parachute Regiment was assigned to back up the US invasions and occupations of those countries to secure American oil hegemony.

    Unfortunately for civilians in the Middle East, the Parachute Regiment, as Irish history demonstrates, has its share of murderers masquerading as soldiers. The huge civilian death tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan reveals that they and their mercenary American cousins from Blackwater have made the worst of their opportunities to practice their craft.

    I’m sure the American Oil companies appreciate their support.

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